Latin American Studies

All Latin American studies courses are developed to recognize and appreciate cultural diversity both in the U.S. and abroad.

Introductory level LAS teach students to:

  • recognize scholarly and other intellectual work done in two or more disciplines that contribute to Latin American Studies
  • think and critically evaluate an author’s argument
  • write short essays using evidence to support a thesis
  • analyze arguments and explanations
  • learn how to access and evaluate information about Latin America obtained through the internet
  • recognize and state the value inherent in different intellectual positions
  • recognize implicit messages or representations in oral, written or visual forms of communication
  • communicate ideas about Latin America through oral and visual presentations
  • recognize the most important issues facing Latin American Society today
  • understand the role of people of Latin American descent living in the United States throughout that nation’s history

Intermediate and advanced LAS courses teach students to:

  • compare development in different time periods or geographical regions of Latin America to understand these differences and similarities
  • recognize and understand the regional, ecological, racial and ethnic diversity of Latin America
  • recognize the most important contributions of Latin American peoples to the world
  • read more demanding texts in English about Latin American subject matter
  • improve understanding of texts written in Spanish and/or Portuguese about Latin American subject matter
  • recognize cause-and-effect; be able to state and defend a causal argument